An Introduction to Hawaii Digital Art Capsule

This show is a child of the Internet. Within virtual "cyberspace", artists of distant lands become acquainted with each other's work and collaborations are conceived. Such multi-cultural, multi-national

and multi-media comingling of distant creativities then channel back online and become original Web-based, Web-bred, "cyberculture". Through the synthesis of such creative energy and vision, members of Internet art "rings" such as the international provide e-culture for the millions that roam the vast and virtual frontier called the World Wide Web.

Pygoya and Gardiana became acquainted as fellow members of They both utilize the digital graphic medium to express their artistic talents and harbor mutual appreciation and respect for each other's work. Eventually Gardiana visited Pygoya in his native Hawaii. Upon returning to Taiwan the concept surfaced of using Gardiana's touring photographs of the island as content for a co-project that counterbalanced Pygoya's art, endemic to the land in which he lived. Thus literal tropical landscape, seascape and the city of Honolulu are contrasted if not transformed through the eyes and mind of a visiting "tourist" artist when coalesced with the digital painting of the Hawaiian contemporary "computer artist".

Adept with the wizardry of multimedia, Gardiana directs and produces Hawaii Digital Art Capsule. The result is a stunning new vision of this land called "paradise" with its hula girls, palm trees, idyllic beaches and scented garlands of flowers. The online artistic experience is built on polarities, such as nature/city; abstract/realism, tourist/local perspectives, past/present and even day/night.

What is most salient for these two artists is their momentary encounter of each other's way of seeing Nature, now encapsulated as a "show" online. A historical meeting of artistic visions in the real world of Hawaii becomes timeless, yet ephemeral "virtual reality" within Internet cyberspace.